Badhaai Ho (2018) – Movie Review

Badhaai Ho (Congratulations – in English) is a comedy-drama film directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma. The film stars Ayushmann Khurrana in a lead role. After the huge success of Andhaadhun (2018), in this film as well Ayushmann is just unstoppable. Like his debut film Vicky Donor (2012) and last year’s released film Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017), this one also talks about very unconventional (sexually-implicit and less talked but important) and fresh topics with the apt flavor of comedy to convey it nicely.

The film revolves around the middle-class Kaushik family consisting Nakul (Ayushmann Khurrana), a 25-year-old working professional, his father Jeetender Kaushik (Gajraj Rao), a middle-aged man working in the Railways, his mom Priyamvada (Neena Gupta), a middle-aged typical housewife, his younger brother Gullar (Shardul Rana), and his Grandmother (Surekha Sikri). Without wasting much time, the film gets into its central topic and things go embarrassing for everyone when Nakul’s mother Priyamvada gets pregnant accidentally (it is embarrassing to be a middle-aged parent in the Indian society). Without a second thought, as being a mother, irrespective of what people are going to think and say, Priyamvada decides to have this child. What follows next is the fun and drama filled ride of Kaushik family as they deal with this awkward and difficult situation and how they all are able to get over it.

This film is a perfect recipe for a family drama with a loud laughter and convincing performances. The story of the film explores the moments of fun and confusion when characters are thrown in an awkward situation which they haven’t asked for. All the performances are compelling, in particular, Gajrao Rao, Neena Gupta, Surekha Sikri, and Ayushmann Khurrana impersonates the day-to-day characters with their exceptional acting skills. Sanya Malhotra, who had made her debut in Dangal (2016), who is playing the role of Renee, Nakul’s colleague plus love interest is worth mentioning, and by looking at her performance, a long inning can be expected from her in Bollywood. The film is deliberately kept short, sweet, and simple, and the audience will definitely enjoy every bit of it. The screenplay and dialogues are written beautifully and lands perfectly at every moment. Music of the film is also good and complimentary but seems overdone at some places.

Verdict : A perfect movie treat for this weekend.

Rating : 4.2/5

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